Gender: Male Meaning of Felix: "happy, fortunate" Origin of Felix: Latin Felix's Popularity in 2018: #231

Felix Origin and Meaning

The name Felix is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "happy, fortunate".

Felix was originally a Roman surname but was adopted as a nickname by the ancient Roman Sulla, who believed that he was especially blessed with luck by the gods. It is the name of four popes and sixty-seven saints; in the Bible, Felix is a Roman procurator of Judea.

Felix, energetic and upbeat with a felicitous meaning, has finally transcended its negative associations to Felix The Cat and the persnickety Felix Unger.

The name appears in literature as the central character in George Eliot's novel Felix Holt, the protagonist of Thomas Mann's Confessions of Felix Krull, in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Henry James's The Europeans, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and as a member of the Volturi Guard in the Twilight series. In movies Felix has popped up in everything from several James Bond films to Spy Kids and The Hangover.

Gillian Anderson and Elizabeth Banks are two modern celebrities who chose Felix for their baby boys. A notable namesake is Felix Frankfurter, a long-term Supreme Court Justice.

Popular in the Hispanic community, Felix is also celebrating a surge abroad. Felix has been on the U.S. popularity list for as long as records have been kept and is rapidly becoming a Nameberry fave.

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Pop Culture References for the name Felix

Felician, Felizio, Felyx, Feliks, Felike, Felic, Fee, Felicio, Felicien, Felice, Feliciano, Fee

Felix's International Variations

Felic (Irish) Félicien, Félix (French) Felice (Italian) Feliciano, Felex, Felicio, Felixiano, Feliziano (Spanish) Feliz (Portuguese) Feel (Danish) Bodog (Hungarian) Feliks (Polish) Feliks (Russian) Felicjan (Slavic)


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